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Journey Through Tamil Nadu and Kerala: Temples to Backwaters


13 Nights / 14Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people




Embark on a captivating journey through Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where ancient temples and serene backwaters await. Begin in Chennai, where bustling streets lead to the UNESCO-listed temples of Mahabalipuram and the French-inspired lanes of Pondicherry. Discover Thanjavur’s cultural heritage and Trichy’s majestic temples before immersing yourself in Madurai’s vibrant culture at the iconic Meenakshi Amman Temple. Traverse to Rameshwaram’s sacred sites and Kanyakumari’s coastal beauty, culminating in Kovalam’s tranquil beaches. Cruise through Alleppey’s enchanting backwaters and explore Cochin’s colonial charm, leaving you with enduring memories of South India’s diverse landscapes and rich history.


  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
2 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
3 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
4 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
5 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
6 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %


Day 1: Arrive Chennai

Upon arrival at Chennai Airport, you will be greeted by our representative who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. Check-in at the hotel and relax to prepare for your exploration of South India.

Day 2: Chennai - Mahabalipuram (120kms)

After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a drive to Mahabalipuram. Visit the ancient temples including Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, and Varadharaja Perumal Temple, showcasing exquisite Dravidian architecture dating back to the Pallava dynasty. Explore the UNESCO-listed Shore Temple, an 8th-century granite temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, offering stunning views of the Bay of Bengal. Discover Arjuna's Penance, a massive rock-cut sculpture depicting scenes from Hindu mythology and ancient life, intricately carved into two monolithic rock boulders. Explore the Five Rathas, a set of five monolithic temples representing the Pandava brothers and their wife Draupadi, each carved in different architectural styles.

Day 3: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (120kms)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for Pondicherry. Visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community founded by Sri Aurobindo and known for its serene atmosphere and meditation sessions. Wander through the French Quarter (Ville Blanche), characterized by its charming streets lined with colonial-era buildings, vibrant cafes, and boutique shops. Explore Auroville, an experimental township promoting unity and sustainable living, and visit the Matrimandir, a golden meditation center surrounded by tranquil gardens. Optionally, engage in pottery and handicraft workshops showcasing local craftsmanship.

Day 4: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (180kms)

After breakfast, depart for Thanjavur with enroute visits to Chidambaram, Gangaikondacholapuram, and Darasuram. Visit the Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram, dedicated to Lord Shiva in his dancing form, showcasing intricate sculptures and vibrant temple rituals. Discover Gangaikondacholapuram Temple, a splendid Chola-era temple known for its majestic architecture and detailed carvings. Explore the Airavatesvara Temple in Darasuram, an architectural marvel and UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its intricate sculptures and Dravidian architecture. Arrive in Thanjavur, known for its rich cultural heritage and ancient temples, and check-in at the hotel.

Day 5: Thanjavur - Trichy (60kms)

After breakfast, explore Thanjavur. Visit the Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the largest temples in India, known for its towering vimana (temple tower) and intricate frescoes depicting mythological stories. Explore the Thanjavur Palace, once the seat of the Chola dynasty, housing the Royal Museum with a vast collection of sculptures, weapons, and artifacts. Travel to Trichy and check-in at the hotel. Climb the Rock Fort Temple, a historic fortification with ancient temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva, offering panoramic views of the city and the Cauvery River. Visit the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam, one of the largest functioning Hindu temples globally, renowned for its elaborate gopurams (temple towers) and religious significance.

Day 6: Trichy - Madurai (135kms)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before proceeding to Madurai. Visit Madurai and explore the Meenakshi Amman Temple, a marvel of Dravidian architecture with its towering gopurams (temple towers) adorned with vibrant sculptures and mythological figures. Discover the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal, a 17th-century palace renowned for its Indo-Saracenic architecture, grand courtyards, and exquisite stucco work depicting scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Check-in at the hotel in Madurai for overnight stay.

Day 7: Madurai - Rameshwaram (170kms)

After breakfast, journey to Rameshwaram, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India. Visit the Ramanathaswamy Temple, famous for its long corridors lined with sculpted pillars and 22 sacred wells where pilgrims perform ritual baths. Explore Dhanushkodi, a ghost town at the southern tip of Rameshwaram Island, known for its serene beaches and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Optionally, visit the APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial, dedicated to India's former President and renowned scientist, showcasing his life and contributions. Check-in at the hotel in Rameshwaram.

Day 8: Rameshwaram - Kanyakumari (320kms)

After breakfast, drive to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of mainland India where three seas meet. Visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial, situated on a rocky island in the Arabian Sea, dedicated to Swami Vivekananda and offering panoramic views of the sea and surrounding coastline. Explore the Thiruvalluvar Statue, a 133-feet tall stone sculpture honoring the ancient Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar, standing on a small island near Kanyakumari. Witness mesmerizing sunrise or sunset views at Kanyakumari Beach, known for its tranquil ambiance and stunning coastal vistas. Check-in at the hotel in Kanyakumari.

Day 9: Kanyakumari - Kovalam (80kms)

After breakfast, proceed to Kovalam, a serene beach destination renowned for its golden sands and Ayurvedic treatments. Relax on the pristine beaches of Kovalam or indulge in water sports activities such as surfing and parasailing. Visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple, an architectural marvel known for its intricate carvings and religious significance. Explore local markets and art galleries showcasing traditional Kerala artwork and handicrafts. Check-in at the hotel in Kovalam.

Day 10: Kovalam

Enjoy a leisurely day exploring local markets or relaxing on the beach. Visit the Halcyon Castle, a historic landmark offering panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and showcasing colonial-era architecture. Engage in rejuvenating Ayurvedic therapies offered at local spas or participate in yoga and meditation sessions for a holistic wellness experience. Overnight at the hotel in Kovalam.

Day 11: Kovalam

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at leisure, exploring nearby attractions or enjoying cultural experiences such as traditional Kerala dance performances. Overnight at the hotel in Kovalam.

Day 12: Kovalam - Alleppey (160kms)

After breakfast, drive to Alleppey, known as the "Venice of the East" for its picturesque backwaters and houseboat cruises. Embark on a houseboat journey through the tranquil backwaters, passing lush landscapes and traditional villages. Experience traditional Kerala cuisine served onboard by the friendly boat crew and witness daily life along the backwaters. Enjoy the serene ambiance and natural beauty of Alleppey. Check-in at the houseboat for overnight stay in Alleppey.

Day 13: Alleppey - Cochin (60kms)

Breakfast on the houseboat before disembarking and driving to Cochin (Kochi), a historic port city with a blend of colonial and Indian influences. Explore Fort Kochi, famous for its colonial-era buildings, art galleries, and historical landmarks. Visit St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, known for its Portuguese architecture and historical significance. Witness the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets in action along the scenic coastline of Fort Kochi. Explore the bustling spice markets and local shops for souvenirs and spices. Check-in at the hotel in Cochin.

Day 14: Cochin - Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Cochin International Airport for your onward journey. Depart with cherished memories of your South India journey, enriched with cultural insights, natural beauty, and historical wonders.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 13 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Any flight tickets.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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